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Correction to Hoven EMT info

In the report from the Potter County Commissioner meeting on Dec. 30, it was stated that Commissioner Bill Arbach said that the two paramedics are in Hoven to cover the community on 12 hour shifts and are hired as full time jobs by the city at $30,000 each.
The paramedics are actually on call 24 hours a day for a week at a time, and are paid $50 a day to be on call, so the $30,000 amount that was mentioned during the commissioner meeting was incorrect. They are paid by the city through money generated from a portion of sales tax. The city also paid for the paramedic training, and they are under contract with the city for the ambulance service.

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Deane Stroup

Deane Trevor Stroup, 46, of Gettysburg died Jan. 10, 2015 at the Avera Gettysburg Hospital in Gettysburg.
Funeral services will be held in the spring.
Luce Funeral Home of Gettysburg is in charge of arrangements.

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Donna Eileen Maroney Grant

Donna Eileen (Maroney Drovdal Thoene) Grant died Dec. 15, 2014 after a battle with cancer at the NorthCare Hospice House at North Kansas City Hospital.
Donna Eileen Maroney was born on Oct. 6, 1940 to Farril and Viola (Walker) Maroney near Lebanon, SD. She was the last and only graduate from Lebanon High School in 1958.
She first married Albert Lorenzo Grant and moved to Panama City, FL. The couple divorced after a year of marriage.
On May 25, 1963, Donna married Allen Leroy Drovdal in Huron, SD.  They divorced in 1979.
She received a Masters degree in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling in 1999 in Vermillion.
Donna briefly married Fred Thoene. In 2000, following a divorce, she returned to Kansas City. She worked in Drug and Alcohol Counseling before her first battle with Cancer in 2001. She was diagnosed again in December of 2012.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers  Howard Maroney of Aberdeen, SD and Robert Maroney of Inver Grove Heights, MN and two sisters Marlyn Phillips of Hazen, ND and Kathryn Rogers of Brookings, OR.
She leaves behind childrenMarty of Lee’s Summit, MO; Dee of Liberty, MO; Faye of Blue Springs, MO; Sharon of Overland Park, KS; Carla of Gladstone, MO and Keith of Florence, SD; one brother, Larry Maroney of Brookings, SD and four sisters: Lorrayne Anderson of Aberdeen, SD; Shirley Beitelspacher of Selby, SD; Delores La Franier of Los Alametos, CA; Barbara Gaulding of Raymore, Missouri; 17 grandchildren; 15 great- grandchildren.
Her memorial service will be held Jan. 12 at St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Liberty, MO at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Donna Grant Assistance Fund.

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Categorical exclusion determination

Mid-Dakota Rural
Water System, Inc.
Miller, South Dakota
C462430-05
DATE 1/12/15
CATEGORICAL EXCLUSION
DETERMINATION
FOR THE PROPOSED PROJECT WITHIN THE MID-DAKOTA RURAL WATER SYSTEM, INC. DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM, SOUTH DAKOTA
The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) conducted a review of a proposal from the Mid-Dakota Rural Water System for a project to install an automatic meter reading and water management system.
The project involves installation of a meter transmission unit (MTU) on existing water meters.  Antennas will be constructed throughout the service area or installed on existing water towers to collect the meter readings transmitted by radio signal from the MTUs and relay the readings to the base station located at the Mid-Dakota office.  This project will increase efficiency and allow closer monitoring of the system.
The Mid-Dakota Rural Water System, Inc. was awarded a $2,535,000 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan on January 8, 2015. The loan has a rate of 3 percent and a term of up to 15 years.  Repayment of the SRF loan will be with Mid-Dakota Rural Water System revenues.  Current rates are $66.65 per month based on 7,000 gallons of water usage.
Listed below are the reasons for granting a categorical exclusion:
1. The project involves replacement of flow monitoring equipment within the developed portion of the Mid-Dakota Rural Water System.
2. No comments requiring mitigative action were received from the South Dakota State Historic Preservation Office, South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, United States Department of Interior, United States Army Corps of Engineers, Natural Resource Conservation Service, or through the public participation process.
The proposed action does not involve any serious local objections nor does it meet any of the criteria for not granting a categorical exclusion as specified in [Section 6.505(c) (i) through (iii) of 40 CFR Part 6, Subpart E].
The planning area is located within the Mid-Dakota Rural Water System.  The meter reading and water management system project will not affect any historical or archaeological resources.  The flow monitoring equipment and management system should have no adverse effects on plant life or wildlife.  No other environmentally sensitive issues have been identified in the planning of this project.
The review process did not indicate that significant environmental impacts would result from the proposed projects.  Consequently, a preliminary decision not to prepare an EIS has been made.  This action is taken on the basis of a careful review of the engineering report, environmental information documents, correspondence with responsible governmental agencies and other supporting data which are on file at the Division of Financial and Technical Assistance, Water and Waste Funding Program, DENR, Pierre, South Dakota, and are available for public scrutiny at the Mid-Dakota Rural Water System office in Miller, South Dakota.
Comments supporting or disagreeing with this decision may be submitted for consideration by DENR after publication of the Categorical Exclusion Determination.  After evaluating the comments received, DENR will make a final decision.
Michael Perkovich, Administrator
Water and Waste Funding Program
Published once at the total approximate cost of $37.80
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City of Gettysburg 2015 salary listing

2015 Salary Listing
Below is the listing of Salaries for the start of the new year of 2015 for publication per SDCL 6-1-10:
Maintenance Supervisor – Russell Anderson $19.06 per hr plus OT $28.59
Asst Maint Supervisor – Greg Gerber $17.43 per hr plus OT $26.15
Maintenance Worker – Tyler Jost $13.89 per hr plus OT $20.84
Park Worker Part Time – John Holzhauser $11.60 per hour
Rubble Site Worker Part Time – Ed DeKnikker $11.04 per hour
Finance Officer – Daniall Ablott $14.50 per hr plus OT $21.75
Chief of Police – Bill Wainman $40,904.13 annual salary
City Patrolman – Mark Kessler $35,700.00 annual salary
Swimming Pool Manager/Custodian Julie Schaunaman $12.50 per hour
EMTs     $15.00 per hour
City Attorney – Michael Larson $150.00 per hour
Airport Manager – Russell Anderson $525.00 annual salary
Mayor    $3600 annual stipend plus below
Council $1610 annual stipend plus below
Along with their annual stipends, the Mayor and Council members will receive compensation for meeting attendance of $75.00 per meeting and $55.00 per special meeting and other than council meetings at the following rates:
1. For a morning session, an afternoon session, or an evening session the attendee will receive $50.00 plus expenses as previously approved by the Council.
2. If two or more sessions are attended in one day, the attendee will received $75.00 plus expense.
3. If the meeting, workshop or seminar lasts more than one calendar day, then compensation for each succeeding day will be determined as in #1 and #2 above.
Published once at the total approximate cost of $19.92
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City Council held regular meeting Jan. 5

Unapproved Minutes
Gettysburg, South Dakota
January 5, 2015
Pursuant to the due call and notice thereof, the City Council met in regular session on January 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM. Those present Mayor Bill Wuttke, Ron Larson, Pat Everson, Fran VanBockel, Dawn Nagel, Mick Bliese, and Bryan Hause. Also present was Russell Anderson, Maintenance Supervisor, Daniall Ablott, Deputy Finance Officer, and Mark Kessler, City Patrolman and Mike Jager.
VOUCHERS PAYABLE
Payroll Expense by Department:
Finance Officer, $2,887.35; Police, 6,958.52; Streets, 5,129.59; Snow Removal, 1,183.28; Landfill, 324.72; Water, 2,951.76; Sewer, 2,536.43; Ambulance, 1,885.05; Airport, 51.24; Swimming Pool, 250.00; Parks, 250.00.
Total Payroll Expense
by Department                   $24,407.94
Net Payroll 2nd Half December
$8,005.90
Bank of the West, Payroll Taxes, 2,838.35; Gettysburg Development Corp, Triple B Taxes, 5,927.61; Heartland Waste Management, Garbage Fee, 4,885.32; SD Retirement System, Retirement, 4,134.96.
TOTAL CHECKS               $25,792.14
Moved by Bliese, Hause seconded, motion carried to approve the minutes from December 1, and December 29, 2014.
Moved by Everson, VanBockel seconded, motion carried to approve Accounts Payable/Vouchers.
Motion by Hause, Nagel seconded to approve city attorney to attend all Council Meetings at $1200 a year or $100 per month retainer. Three council members voted aye and three council members voted nay. It was a tie. Mayor Wuttke voted nay. Motion died.
Moved by VanBockel, Nagel seconded, motion carried to table discussion on Ambulance Class.
Maintenance Director, Russell Anderson, reported on the landfill inspection. The landfill is the cleanest it has ever been. The spoiled grain has been rectified. The contaminated soil from the school wasn’t removed prior to the inspection, but it is gone now. The landfill will be re-inspected sometime in 2015.
Jensen Rock & Sand Proposal for $531,000 for asphalt paving in 2015 was presented. Motion by Hause, Larson seconded (Everson – Nay), motion carried to approve proposal since it has been the fourth year at this price.
Ordinance 2014-12-9 supplementing funds for the purchase of a new ambulance was presented for the second reading. Moved by VanBockel, Hause seconded. Roll call vote was Hause – aye, Bliese – aye, Nagel – aye, VanBockel – aye, Everson – aye, Larson – aye. Motion carried.
Ordinance 2014-12-10 amending claims be in by the 25th of each month was presented for the second reading.  Motioned by VanBockel, Bliese seconded motion carried to approve second reading with the addition of “received on or before the 25th of each month”. Roll call vote was Larson – aye, Everson – aye, VanBockel – aye, Nagel – aye, Bliese – aye, Hause – aye. Motion carried.
Purchase of Potter County Library’s old building was brought up.  Discussion was tabled upon further information.
City Patrolman Kessel provided the police report and code enforcement. It was a slow December compared to previous years, which is a good thing.
Maintenance Supervisor Anderson reported that Rural Water is supposed to be in town the middle of January.  The finance office and I have a handle on the water loss problems in the past and it was an honest mistake, but don’t want to confirm those are the only problems until Rural Water goes through everything.
Motion by VanBockel, Nagel seconded motion carried to approve Russell to attend a Rural Water Treatment Meeting on January 13th and 14th.
The State DOT would like us to sweep the highway again this year. Anderson stated that what we made last year took care of the brooms and maintenance on the Sweeper.  Approval tabled until February, when the new contract is presented.
Tire removal from landfill was discussed. Anderson has a price on an attachment that will cut up tires and remove moisture to then dispose of them per ton.  Mike Jager presented information on a company that will pick up tires at a price per tire instead of per ton.  Discussion tabled upon further information from Mike Jager.
There was only one fuel bid from North Central Farmers Elevator for the following: Unleaded $1.866, Ruby Field Master $2.18 and #1 Ruby Field Master $2.68. Moved by Hause, Bliese seconded motion carried to accept this bid.
Motion by VanBockel, Everson seconded motion carried to approve the listing of the 2015 salaries.
Motion by Nagel, VanBockel seconded motion carried to have the City Finance Office maintain a Facebook site for our city.
Motion by Nagel, VanBockel seconded motion carried to table discussion on Ambulance Inventory.
Motion by VanBockel, Larson seconded motion carried upon approval from the city attorney sign a new contract with South Dakota Public Assurance.
Moved by Nagel, Everson seconded motion carried to advertise for Pet Registration.
Motion by Everson, Nagel seconded motion carried to go into executive session at 7:44PM.  Council reconvened at 8:09 PM.
Motion by Bliese, VanBockel seconded motion carried to hire Daniall Ablott as the new Finance Officer at a rate of $14.50 with a review in May with a potential of $15.00 an hour.
Motion by Nagel, VanBockel seconded motion carried to advertise for a Deputy Finance Officer part time with wages depending on experience and a schedule to be determined.
Correspondence Round Table Discussion – A private donation to the Ambulance and Swimming Pool of $250.00 was given in December. Thanks to Mike Jager for coming.
Motioned by Bliese, Hause seconded motion carried to adjourn at 8:13 PM.
Attest:
Witness
Bill Wuttke, Mayor
Daniall Ablott, Finance Officer
Published once at the total approximate cost of $57.65
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Frost sworn in as new County Commissioner

POTTER COUNTY BOARD OF
COMMISSIONERS PROCEEDINGS
JANUARY 6, 2015
GETTYSBURG, SD
Auditor Doerr called the regular meeting to order at 8:00 A.M. in the Commissioners Room at the Courthouse.  Commissioners present: Arbach, Frost, Williams, Worth and Maroney.
Clerk of Courts Kathie Westphal administered the oath of office to District 1 County Commissioner William J. Frost.
Auditor Doerr asked for nominations for Chairman of the Board for the ensuing year. Arbach nominated Worth. Maroney moved seconded by Williams that nominations cease and a unanimous ballot be cast for Worth as Chairman for 2015. All voted aye.  Motion carried.
Nominations were then in order for Vice-Chairman. Williams nominated Maroney. Arbach moved seconded by Williams that nominations cease and a unanimous ballot be cast for Maroney as Vice-Chairman for 2015.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.
MINUTES
Moved by Arbach, seconded by Williams to approve the December 2 and 30, 2015 minutes as read.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.
AUDITOR ELECT SHAW
Shawna Shaw met to request full-time employment for the Deputy Auditor to be hired to begin in March.
EXECUTIVE SESSION
Moved by Williams, seconded by Arbach to adjourn into Executive Session to discuss personnel.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.
Moved by Williams, seconded by Maroney to adjourn from Executive Session.  All voted aye. Motion carried.
PART-TIME POSITION
Moved by Arbach, seconded by Frost to authorize Auditor Elect Shaw to hire a part-time Deputy Auditor for a 24 hr. position to begin February 23, 2015.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.
STATES ATTORNEY
SA Smith met to discuss a clinic claim incurred by a prisoner. In view of the fact the individual was in custody of Potter County at the time of the claim, it was advised that Potter County should pay the claim.
Several indigent claims were reviewed.
AGREEMENT FOR MEDICAL
CASEWORK SERVICES
Moved by Arbach, seconded by Williams to authorize Chairman Worth to sign an agreement for Medical Casework Services between Brown County and Potter County on a as need bases.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.
CLAIMS
Moved by Williams, seconded by Maroney to approve the following claims and authorize the Auditor to issue warrants for the same.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.
A & B BUSINESS, INC. $36.57 SUPPLIES & MATERIALS, WILLIAM ARBACH 17.02, AREA IV SENIOR NUTRITION 2,000.00, ASPIRE, INC. 2,160.00, BW INSURANCE AGENCY, INC. 34,424.00 INSURANCE, BW INSURANCE AGENCY, INC. 633.20 INSURANCE, CITY OF GETTYSBURG 10,000.00, COMMUNITY CARE CLINIC 594.00,
CONNECTING POINT COMPUTER CNTR 55.00 SUPPLIES & MATERIALS, DAKOTA SUNSET MUSEUM 3,000.00 RENT, DAKOTABILITIES 720.00, FINANCE OFFICER 6,000.00, WILLIAM FROST 6.66, HIGH PLAINS ARTS COUNCIL 500.00, HOVEN SENIOR CITIZEN CENTER 3,000.00, HOVEN CO-OP 48.25, HOVEN MEDIA, INC. 266.87 PUBLISHING,
MEDICINE ROCK SENIOR CENTER 3,000.00, NECOG 8,389.00, NORTHEASTERN MENTAL HEALTH 2,329.00, OAHE, INC. 1,000.00, P.C. CONSERVATION DISTRICT 8,500.00, P.C. FAIRBOARD 7,000.00, POTTER COUNTY NEWS 202.51 PUBLICATION, SD ASSO OF COUNTY HIGHWAY SUPER 225.00, SDML 14,226.00, SDML 5,214.00 INSURANCE,
SERVALL 76.28, SERVALL 17.49 SUPPLIES & MATERIALS, VILAS 5.98, US BANK VOYAGER FLEET SYS INC 372.42 SUPPLIES & MATERIALS, WALWORTH CO. SHERIFF’S DEPT. 700.00 PROFESSIONAL JAIL FEES, WEED & PEST CONFERENCE 250.00 TRAVEL & CONFERENCE, DELVIN WORTH 12.21.
HIGHWAY DEPT
Supt Smith met to discuss the bridge report on the various bridges in Potter County.  A discussion was held concerning purchasing a pickup for the highway dept. either thru State Bid of $25,306.00 for a new pickup or Federal Surplus for a used one with 63K miles at a cost of $18,900.00.  Moved by Williams, seconded by Worth to authorize the purchase of a new pickup using the State Bid in the amount of $25,306.00. All voted aye.  Motion carried.
OFFICERS REPORT
The Register of Deeds, and the Auditor’s Account with the Treasurer were reviewed. Moved by Maroney, seconded by Williams to approve the above reports. All voted aye. Motion carried. Auditor’s Account with the Treasurer as follows:
AUDITORS ACCOUNT WITH
THE TREASURER AS OF 12/31/14
Cash Items     $1,201.20
Great Western Checking     105,792.69
Plains Commerce Checking     958.33
Plains Commerce Fund Investments
1,237,638.27
Plains Commerce Bank     500,000.00
Checks on Hand     4,499.06
TOTAL CASH BALANCE
$1,850,089.55
Total Assets In Custody of County As of 12/31/14
County Amount     1,586,382.94
Amounts Held For Other Gov
260,538.22
Amounts Held For Others     3,168.39
TOTAL ASSETS     $1,850,089.55
PURCHASING COMMITTEE
Moved by Williams, seconded by Frost to appoint the Auditor, Treasurer and Chairman Worth as a purchasing committee, pursuant to SDCL 7-28-1 (supplies for County offices exceeding $500.00). All voted aye. Motion carried.
CHATTEL MORTGAGES AND
FORECLOSURE SALES
Moved by Arbach, seconded by Frost to designate the following places within Potter County to hold Chattel Mortgages and Foreclosure Sales:  Gettysburg – Courthouse – First Floor, Hoven – City Quonset; Tolstoy – Tolstoy Fire Hall; Lebanon – County Shop.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.
OFFICIAL NEWSPAPERS
Moved by Williams, seconded by Worth to designate the Potter County News and Hoven Review as the official newspapers for 2015.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.
OFFICIAL DEPOSITORIES
Moved by Williams, seconded by Arbach to designate the Bank of The West, Plains Commerce Bank and Great Western Bank as the official depositories for 2015.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.
APPOINTMENTS
Moved by Frost, seconded by Williams to make the following appointments.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.
RC & D – Williams
Greater Missouri Development – Worth
Civil Defense Director – Cheryl Sautner and Alan McClain, Assistant
Five County TV District Board – Royce Hackl
Weed & Pest Board – Frost
Fair Board – Arbach
NECOG – Maroney, Williams and Royce Hackl
Library Board – Frost
4-H Advisory Board – Arbach
Housing and Redevelopment Commission – Williams
Dakota Sunset Museum Board – Worth
RESOLUTION 15-01
Commissioner Arbach presented the following resolution and moved for its adoption.
WHEREAS the State of South Dakota requires the payment of certain funds to the State before the 15th of each month and
WHEREAS some vendors require payment on services by the 20th of the month to avoid penalties,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the County Auditor is hereby given the authority to pay such claims without the Commission approval providing the claims are presented at the next regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners.
Commissioner Worth seconded the foregoing resolution.  All voted aye.  Resolution declared adopted.
RESOLUTION 15-02
Commissioner Maroney presented the following resolution and moved for its adoption.
WHEREAS, County Commissioners, Highway Superintendents, Auditors, Treasurers, Register of Deeds, States Attorney and Assessors are hereby authorized to attend educational conferences, meeting and conventions held and conducted within or
Without the State of South Dakota pertaining to the betterment and advancement of County government per statute SDCL 7-7-25, and
WHEREAS it is necessary that a Resolution be passed authorizing attending such meetings and payment of expenditures to said meeting and workshops,
WHEREAS, the Potter County Board of Commissioners set the mileage and conference expense for the county offices
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED Potter County will pay up to $26.00 for meals. Meals are reimbursed at actual cost not to exceed $5.00 for breakfast, $9.00 for lunch, and $12.00 for dinner.  Mileage will be set at .37 cents per mile.  Motel rooms will be paid at actual cost.  Commissioner Williams seconded the foregoing resolution.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.
RESOLUTION 15-03
Commissioner Williams presented the following resolution and moved for its adoption.
BE IT RESOLVED by the Potter County Board of Commissioners, that area funeral directors be paid a flat rate of $1250.00, this to include opening and closing of grave and funeral services to be conducted in customary form for burial of indigent county residents.  Commissioner Worth seconded the foregoing resolution.  All voted aye.  Resolution declared adopted.
4-H YOUTH PROGRAM ADVISOR
Falyn Hogg met to seek approval in the hiring of the 4-H Program Secretary.
Moved by Arbach, seconded by Williams to hire Amy Wager as the 4-H Program Sec. at $11.75/hr. pending background check and three month probationary period.
All voted aye.  Motion carried.
PART-TIME STARTING WAGE
Moved by Maroney seconded by Frost to set the part-time wages of new-hire secretarial at $11.75/hr. $12.00/hr. upon completion of the 3 month probationary period. New Hire beginning wage at the Hwy Dept. at 12.50/hr. $12.75 upon completion of the 3 month probationary period.  CDL’s required before hire.
2015 WAGE RESOLUTION
Commissioner Williams presented the following resolution and moved for its adoption.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Potter County Board of Commissioners adopt the following wage and salary scale for Potter County Employees to be effective January 1, 2015.  This resolution, when adopted, will nullify all previous wage scales.
COMMISSIONERS: William Arbach $6,099; Dean Maroney $6,099; William Frost $6,099; Bruce Williams $6,099; Delvin Worth $6,099.
OTHER SALARIED PERSONNEL:  Karen Doerr $6,204; Shawna Shaw March 1st $28,622; Jeanie Lagan $38,627; Craig Smith $39,942; Michelle Schmidt $12,929; Beth Penrod $33,825; Elaine Storkson $39,614; Harlen Shaw $7,500; Curtis Hamburger $41,298; Steve Smith $41,368; Barb Vandervorst $33,825; Cheryl Sautner, EM DIR. $7,200.00.
HOURLY WAGE PERSONNEL:  Shawna Shaw $13.50; Sharon Shaw $13.97; Anthony Ducheneaux $12.00 Renee’ Larson $12.50; Alan McClain $17.31 Cheryl Sautner $15.15; Mark Kraft $16.61; Richard Hericks $16.05; Harry McRoberts $16.05; Mick Hagny $14.47; Larry Griese $14.99; Donald Hericks $14.47; Tim Gordon $13.56; Lori Kaiser $12.50; Lesa Schmitz $12.00; Holly Wright $13.10; Colette Thompson $12.00, Amy Wager $11.75. Part-time Hwy $12.75. New hire secretarial $11.75/hr; $12.00/hr upon completion of probation. Highway new hire $12.50/hr. $12.75 upon completion of probation.  CDL required.
BOARDS:  Weed & Pest $25.00/mtg, Library BD $10.00/mtg.
Commissioner Arbach seconded the foregoing resolution.  All voted aye.  Resolution declared adopted.
GENERAL FUND SURPLUS
CASH ANALYSIS
Moved by Williams, seconded by Frost to place on file the General Fund Surplus Cash Analysis of 30.83%.
ADJOURN
Moved by Maroney, seconded by Williams to adjourn.  All voted aye.  Motion carried.
DELVIN WORTH, CHAIRMAN
POTTER COUNTY
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
ATTEST:
KAREN S. DOERR
AUDITOR
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Brrrraving the cold…

brrrr DSC_0256Cody Simon (Tammy and Stuart) and Lincoln Hagedorn (Tim) had their heads down as they walked into the wind after school on Tuesday afternoon, but looked up long enough to give a grin for our camera. Kids weren’t outside for too long during the cold days this week, which only reached highs in single digits with a wind chill that dipped well below zero.

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Commissioners cover variety of topics during final 2014 meeting

The final meeting of the year with the Potter County Commissioners on Dec. 20 began with an executive session prompted by fairboard member Dale Nauman, who wanted to discuss personnel. Following the closed portion of the meeting, no motions were made or action taken by the board.
SA report
Craig Smith, county state’s attorney, met to talk about indigent claims. An executive session was called to discuss the cases, and when the meeting was re-opened, action was taken on the claims which are detailed in the meeting minutes on page 13 of the News.
Highway report
Highway Superintendent Steve Smith gave his report to the commissioners. He talked about a gravel retriever that had been demonstrated, which pulls gravel off the shoulders of the road to bring back into use. He answered questions about the equipment, how it worked, and its benefits to the county.
He received word from the state that funds will be available in 2015 that can be used to supplement the highway budget and they needed to be notified by March. He explained that the money now available could be used for things such as contracting gravel hauling or other gravel work. There was discussion on the availability of gravel in the county.
Money has been saved this winter due to the limited amount of snowfall, and Smith said that there are a few places in the county that are problem spots that seem to fill with drifts with any snow and wind. It was commented that in Minnesota that the state pays farmers to leave rows of corn on the edge of fields next to the highway to aid in keeping roads from drifting in the winter.
Sheriff report
A report was given by Sheriff Curt Hamburger. It was reported that 98 people came to his office twice a day for breath tests as part of the 24/7 program. It was also discussed that in Brown County people who are multiple DUI offenders are spending more time in the county jail rather than being sent to prison. The effectiveness of alcohol detecting bracelets versus the breath tests was discussed.
He also told the commissioners that there was an issue when the Hoven ambulance was called to come to Pierre because of a need to have a paramedic on board with the patient. He was then contacted by the hospital to cancel the page for Hoven and send out Gettysburg, and a nurse would be sent along on the ambulance.
He said that an hour later Gettysburg needed a transfer to Sioux Falls, but the city ambulance was out so Hoven came out since someone needed to be on board who could administer medication. There were some issues about what the capabilities of the services are and how to make sure Hoven is not left without ambulance coverage. The sheriff said a meeting is scheduled with his department and the hospital and ambulance services.
Commissioner Bill Arbach said that the two paramedics are in Hoven to cover the community on 12 hour shifts and are hired as full time jobs by the city at $30,000 each.
Hoven has been good about trying to help out Gettysburg when needed, and both communities have two ambulances. The sheriff said that both ambulances are called out frequently, and he wanted to know if there was some way to help fund the equipment they need. He said that the Hoven ambulance needs a Lifepak and that they have a $14,000 grant to cover part of it but they still need $12,000. It was commented that the city of Gettysburg is very good about supporting the emergency services and making sure the ambulance is very well equipped. No action was taken regarding the funding.
Sheriff Hamburger said that Hoven generally covers emergency runs between Bowdle and Gettysburg and asked if transfers that are not life and death situations could be done through some of the independent ambulance services out of the larger communities like Pierre or Aberdeen. The additional cost to the patients may be a problem, however the Affordable Care Act may change that so the services could be paid by insurance. The importance of mutual aid between the communities was stressed.
The sheriff was asked what the county could do about drivers license exams rather than just shut down the service. The person who was giving the exams has changed jobs to work at the library, and no replacement has been hired at the extension office. The sheriff recommended that she continue to give the exams since she is located right there in the same building. Arbach asked if the emergency manager could take a half day a month to give drivers license exams again, but Auditor Karen Doerr suggested that they go to Onida, Mobridge, Pierre, or Aberdeen to get a license.
Other business
It was verified that full time employees will be given a $1 wage increase, and part time employees will get an increase of 50 cents starting with the new year. Commissioner Worth said that last year employees were given a 50 cent raise, and due to the change to the insurance plan, he proposed an increase during the summer to help with the cost of the second insurance deductible, and another $1 was in the budget for the new year, which would be an increase for full time employees of $2.50 an hour over the past year. Commissioner Bruce Williams said that wage increase will way more than cover the insurance and there shouldn’t be any complaints over that, although it was pointed out that some are finding the new insurance does not cover as well as the original plan did.
Arbach asked the auditor if she found out how the insurance plans worked in a nearby county.  Doerr said in that county they were unionized, so when they turn 65 they go on Medicare. She had contacted the states attorney about a policy that would state that and said he was hesitant, however, Worth said that in another year when more is known about insurances they will have to make some decisions. Commission Randy Simon said that he understood and the county may have to go to an insurance plan that covers the employees only. Worth suggested that a future pay increase of $4 or $5 more an hour could allow employees to get their own insurance.
Both Worth and Williams again agreed that the current raise would easily make up for any deductibles.
Auditor Doerr said that Falyn Hogg from the extension program asked that a commissioner be involved in the interview process for the 4H office. The 4H leaders will be involved in the interview process and it was asked if the fairboard would be involved. It was decided that the hiring board will be made up of Arbach from the county commission, two from the fairboard, two from the 4H leaders. The commissioners said that Dale Nauman is head of the fairboard so he needs to be notified.
The meeting was adjourned. The new board will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015.
The minutes from the meeting are published on page 13 of the News. They are also available online at www.pottercountynews.com and www.sdpublicnotices.com
-Molly McRoberts

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Lady Battlers play in Holiday Classic

The Potter County Lady Battlers headed to Huron for the Holiday Classic on Dec. 27. The team took on James Valley Christian but fell short of the win.
James Valley 54
Potter County 48
at Huron Holiday Classic
POTTER COUNTY (0-5): Sam Kilian 1 0-0 3, Regan Everson 5 0-0 10, Tara Heuer 3 0-0 6, Alyssa Haberer 3 4-5 10, Karen Smith 4 2-2 10, Sam Stethem 1 0-0 2, Tierney Donovan 1 2-2 4, Sierra Wieseler 1 1-2 3. Totals 19 9-11 48.
JAMES VALLEY CHRISTIAN (3-3): Hannah Loban 2 2-4 6, Khiree Held 6 6-8 21, Tierra Decker 4 5-6 14, Julie Loewen 3 3-6 9, Samantha Dowling 2 0-0 4. Totals 17 16-24 54.
Potter County 16 24 30 48
James Valley Christian 12 27 40 54
3-point field goals — Kilian, Held 3, Decker. Total fouls — Potter County 18; James Valley Christian 11. Fouled out — Heuer. Rebounds — Potter County 29 (Haberer 9); James Valley Christian 30 (Dowling 13). Turnovers — Potter County 11; James Valley Christian 18. Steals — Potter County 11; James Valley Christian 8 (Decker 3, Loban 3). Assists — James Valley Christian 14 (Loban 4).

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